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6 - Prairie Post - Friday, November 18, 2011

Important to receive annual ‘flu shot

As president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, I

see first-hand our physicians, our clinicians, and our nurses working to improve our health-care system every single day; working to ensure the right care is available, right when you need it. They are working flat out to help you be healthy and also to help you stay healthy. Our goal is to create the best-performing publicly-

funded health system in Canada, and we are committed to realizing that goal. We cannot do that alone. You are an active participant in your own health. You can make a



big difference in protecting your own health and the health of those around you by doing something simple this fall, and every fall: get your flu shot. Each year, we see

the impact of influenza on our communities. Each year, we also see the impact of

influenza on our health system and, in particular, on our emergency departments and hospitals. When Albertans get sick with influenza, our wait

times increase and care becomes less accessible. Emergency care isn’t immune to influenza and, without a flu shot, neither are you. Alberta’s influenza immunization clinics opened

around the province in October, offering annual flu shots, free of charge, to all Albertans six months of age and older. As of Nov. 5, AHS has immunized 322,916 Albertans against influenza. This is a good start, but we have a long way to go. Last year, we immunized more than 830,000

Albertans. This sounds like a big number, but we know it was not enough. We still saw hundreds of cases of influenza last year. Week over week, influenza-related visits to our emergency departments increased. Regrettably for some, influenza was too severe to overcome. Last year, we saw approximately 300 influenza-

related deaths across the province. Influenza affects us all. Immunization protects us

all. Everyone — including healthy people — should be immunized against influenza, every year. Get the flu shot and you’ll be protected against

three strains of influenza circulating this season. Get the flu shot, and you’ll protect our communities from influenza. Get the flu shot, and you’ll help us preserve emergency care for those who need it most. For more influenza information, including complete

immunization clinic schedules, visit: www.albertahealth or phone Health Link Alberta, 24/7, toll-free at 1-866-408-5465 (LINK). Dr. Chris Eagle is president and chief executive officer of Alberta Health Services.

Travel tips for crossing the border SUBMITTED BY CANADA BORDER SERVICES

AGENCY, COUTTS With start of the holiday shopping season, some

consumers may travel to the United States. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is making

every effort to minimize border wait times during this peak period. Travellers can facilitate their re-entry into Canada by keeping the following six tips in mind: 1. Plan ahead to avoid delays at the Canada-U.S. land

border. The CBSA suggests you avoid travelling during peak periods where possible, especially afternoons and evenings. At the 24-hour port of entry in Coutts, we are taking the steps required to help reduce delays, including increasing resources and additional overtime. However, the high volume of cross border shoppers may result in delays at the border during peak periods, especially at smaller border crossings. 2. Carry appropriate ID. A passport is not mandatory,

but you do need to provide a government-issued photo ID and proof of citizenship. Since CBSA officers watch closely for missing children and may ask you detailed questions about the children you are travelling with, it is important that you carry appropriate identification for yourself and for all children travelling with you, regardless of their ages. If you have legal custody or share custody of the children, be sure to have copies of the relevant legal documents, such as those describing custody rights. 3. Declare all merchandise you have bought and have

all your receipts on hand. Officers may ask you to show receipts for the goods you have purchased and your

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hotel receipts to verify the length of your stay outside Canada. To avoid unnecessary delays, keep all receipts together and ensure they are readily available. Tip: write out a total dollar amount in Canadian funds

of all purchases for yourself and passengers travelling with you. 4. Be aware of your personal exemptions. Depending

on the length of your stay outside Canada, you may be entitled to certain personal exemptions. After being away for 24 hours or more, you can

bring back goods, tax and duty-free, worth up to $50 Canadian. After being away for 48 hours or more, you can

bring back goods, tax and duty-free, worth up to $400 Canadian. After being away for seven days or more, you can

bring back goods, tax and duty-free, worth up to $750 Canadian. 5. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products may be

included in your 48-hour or 7-day exemption, provided you are of legal age. Certain restrictions apply. 6. Know before you go. Certain goods are prohibited

or restricted from entering Canada (weapons, certain plant and animal products, certain protective hockey equipment, and certain baby items, etc.). You can find out more about this by consulting the I Declare brochure, available at: publications/pub/bsf5056-eng.html. For more information, visit the CBSA website at or contact the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.

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